South Carolina Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search South Carolina marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the South Carolina marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain South Carolina marriage certificates is available below.

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South Carolina marriage records

Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing South Carolina marriage records, South Carolina marriage licenses, South Carolina marriage indexes, South Carolina marriage announcements, and other related South Carolina genealogy records.

Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of South Carolina. We also suggest searching for "South Carolina marriage records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain South Carolina Marriage Certificates

A law mandating registration of all births and deaths in South Carolina was signed into law on 1 September 1914. Actual registration began in 1915, and South Carolina achieved 90-percent compliance within a few years. South Carolina had no law requiring marriage licenses or registration until 1911, though many earlier records were recorded on the county level.

For birth and death records in the last fifty years and marriage records from 1 July 1950, write:

South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control
Bureau of Vital Statistics
J. Marion Sims Building
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201-1797

For birth and death records from 1915 to "50 years ago," write:

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
1430 Senate Street
P.O. Box 11669
Capitol Station
Columbia, SC 29211-1669

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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